Looking ahead to this year’s theatre offerings 2017 is set to be a year of highs (and perhaps some tremendous lows). Here at culturised we have been busy preparing our picks of the first half of this years theatre, as well as our top tips on how to get tickets.


Saint Joan

Donmar Warehouse, London
Now – 18th February

Gemma Arterton is taking to the stage in an adaptation for Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan at the Donmar Warehouse as part of their “Power Season”. This is set to be an explosive retelling of Shaw’s classic directed by Josie Rourke following her previous success at the Donmar with the Olivier Award winning Les Liasons Dangereuses. Initial reviews have praised Arterton’s powerful performance as the legendary Joan of Arc and if you cannot make the London production you can see it nationwide as it is broadcast to cinemas via NT Live, (for more information visit ntlive.com). Tickets for this event are close to selling out but £10 front row tickets are released each Monday at 10am for the week ahead, an absolute bargain.


Picnic at Hanging Rock

The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Now – 28th January

North of the border David Greig kicks of his time as artistic director of The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh with the UK premier of Picnic at Hanging Rock a new play adapted from John Lindsay’s novel. A haunting thriller which follows Australian schoolgirls in this cult classic. Not for the faint hearted.


The Glass Menagerie

Duke of York’s Theatre, London
26 January – 29 April

For those of you not lucky enough to have seen this performance at last year’s Edinburgh International Festival, The Glass Menagerie will be taking to the London stage. Directed by John Tiffany (whose most recent work was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) the production will run for a limited season of only 13 weeks from 26 January at Duke of York’s theatre and tickets begin at £15.




Almeida Theatre, London
17th February – 8th April

Andrew Scott and Juliet Stevenson take to the stage at the Almedia in Hamlet, one of the most anticipated Shakespeare’s of the year. With opening night on the 17th more tickets are set to be released for the run on the 20th of February at 10am with tickets starting from only £10. This could be one of the hottest productions of 2017.



Apollo Theatre, London
February 3rd – April 29th

Following the critically acclaimed sellout revival at the Menier Chocolate Factory Tom Stoppard’s Travesties transfers to the West Ends Apollo theatre with Tom Hollander starring as the comic English diplomat Henry Carr in 1917 Zurich. Hollander has been praised for his exceptionally funny performance and previews begin from the 3rd with tickets from £24.



West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds
4th – 25th February

Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion is also getting a radical restaging at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Sam Pritchard’s fearless new staging interrogates class identity and social mobility in Britain today and asks us – how much do our voices still define who we are? Tickets from this production will be starting at just £13.50.



Theatre Clwyd, Mold, Wales
9th February – 4th March

Across the border in Wales Theatre Clwyd opens its spring season with David Hare’s Olivier Award-winning Skylight, directed by Tamara Harvey and up in Liverpool Gemma Bodinetz directs a version of musical Fiddler on the Roof “inspired by the migration crisis”.



Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

The Old Vic, London
25th February – 29th April

In a triumphant year for Stoppard fans Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe takes to the stage in the 50th anniversary production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at London’s Old Vic. There are limited tickets being released for this production at £15 so be sure to be on red alert! Another big name taking to the London stage in March is David Tennant who will be treading the boards as the sexually deviant Don Juan in Soho at the Wyndhams Theatre.


One Love: The Bob Marley Musical

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham
10th March – 8th April

In March Birmingham’s legendary Repertory Theatre will premiering One Love: The Bob Marley Musical featuring songs such as No Woman No Cry, Exodus, and Jamming, and is both written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah.


Antony and Cleopatra

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon-Avon
11th March – 7th September

Remaining in the Midlands Iqbal Khan returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon to direct Antony and Cleopatra following his productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012). As for all RSC productions there are young adult tickets (16-24) for £5 with other tickets starting from £10. There will also be a chance to see this when it is broadcast live to cinemas on 24 May.


Lost Without Words

National Theatre, London
4th – 18th March

For those seeking something a little different the National Theatre is staging Lost Without Words, a play with no script, and will be performed by a cast of actors all aged in their 70s and 80s. The National Theatre has a limited amount of Travelex tickets priced at £15 and young adults under 25 can take advantage of £5 entrypass tickets.




London Coliseum, London
7th April – 13th May

In a show that that your mum is dying to see, Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins star in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel at the English National Opera’s London Coliseum for an extremely short five-week run beginning at the start of April.


The Ferryman

The Royal Court Theatre, London
24th April – 20th May

James Bond director Sam Mendes directs The Ferryman at the Royal Court, a new drama by Jerusalem writer Jez Butterworth, set in rural County Londonderry in 1981, at the height of the Troubles. The Royal Court has a particularly good youth scheme and while likely to sell-out day seats are frequently available from as little as £12.




The Old Vic, London
6th May – 24th June

Returning again to the Old Vic an adaptation of Georg Buchner’s Woyzeck by Jack Thorne will be starring Star Wars actor John Boyega. This originally unfinished piece is not often performed and Thorne’s new and unconventional take is poised to breathe new life into the play.



Theatre Royal Stratford East, London
2nd May – 3rd June

Fresh from the success of the recent film adaptation, Emma Donoghue’s Room will be transformed into a play that will premiere out of Central London at Theatre Stratford East.


On The Town

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London
19th May – 1st July

If you are a fan of the outdoors be sure to check out the programme at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre with a particular highlight of On The Town full of smash hit songs and set to be the “biggest dance musical” ever to be staged in the park.


Nell Gwyn

The Lowry, Manchester (and many other locations)

Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwyn starring Laura Pitt-Pulford will be making its way back to Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank for a month (19th September – 17th October) following a UK tour that begins in March at the Lowry, Manchester.



Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon-Avon
2nd June – 6th September

Back in Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC are staging their first ever Oscar Wilde play, with Salome beginning on June 2 taking to the Swan Theatre.


The Wind in the Willows

The London Palladium, London
14th June – 9th September

The London Palladium will be hosting Rufus Hound as Mr Toad in the upcoming production of The Wind in the Willows written by Downton’s Julian Fellowes with additional music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe.



Girl From the North Country

The Old Vic, London
12th July – 7th October

Following Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize win the Old Vic with be hosting the world premiere of Girl From the North Country featuring his classic hits and created by Conor McPherson.



National Theatre, London

Olivia Colman stars in Lucy Kirkwood’s new play Mosquitos over at the National Theatre and this is poised to be a big hit with critics.


Gansta Granny

Garrick Theatre, London
26th July – September 3rd

For those looking for a family day out be sure to try and catch the Birmingham Stage Company’s production of David Walliams’ literary hit Gansta Granny on its UK tour before it arrives at the Garrick theatre in the West End for a limited run.


Young Frankenstein

Theatre Royal, Newcastle
26th August – 9th September

Up in Newcastle be sure not to miss Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, based on the 1974 film starring Gene Wilder before it transfers down to the West End later in the year at the Theatre Royal from the 26th.



Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (and many other locations)
16th – 26th August

If you haven’t seen Hairspray! (how have you missed it) due to exceptional demand there will be another UK and Ireland Tour beginning from Wales at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff in August.


Jesus Christ Superstar

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London
11th August – 16th September

And another revival not to miss in the return of Jesus Christ Superstar back to the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre from the 11th of August! After its sell-out success and critical acclaim from 2016 this is certainly a pick of the summer.


We will be keeping you in the loop with all the highlights and upcoming news regarding new productions, as well as our insider ticket tips.